It seems odd that Machida should only just now be our community, but it is true for us. Though we've been here for 3 years, our church is here, and we commuted to Machida several times a week, I didn't realize how isolated we were from our church and community until we moved this spring. The logistics of us traveling by train to Machida, or others driving through city traffic to us in Yokohama made the distance (just 13 kilometers or 8 miles) seem like much farther! What would be a 20 minute drive in our hometown of Anchorage was over an hour commute for us, one way, not round trip!
We have had several opportunities to host families in our home, something that I have been wanting to do more of since we came to Japan. We can walk to the church in 10 or 15 minutes so that attending meetings and events is much less of a to-do, something I am so grateful for especially as I progress in my pregnancy!